Nicaragua files lawsuit against Costa Rica with UN World Court

December 23, 2011

THE HAGUE – Nicaragua on Thursday filed proceedings with the UN’s highest court against Costa Rica over a road near their disputed border Managua says is causing serious environmental damage, the court said Thursday.

“Nicaragua contends that Costa Rica is carrying out major construction works along most of the border area between the two countries with grave environmental consequences,” the International Court of Justice said in a statement.

“Costa Rica’s unilateral actions … threaten to destroy the San Juan de Nicaragua River and its fragile ecosystem, including the adjacent biosphere reserves and internationally protected wetlands that depend upon the clean and uninterrupted flow of the River for their survival,” said Nicaragua’s application, quoted by the ICJ.

The application lists a number of degradations such as the dumping of sediments in the river and the felling of trees.

Managua explains it decided to take the matter before the UN court because Costa Rica had violated Nicaragua’s territorial integrity and demands its neighbor be forced to cease construction and pay for damages.

The ICJ in March issued a ruling on another border spat urging the two neighbors to refrain from deploying or maintaining any military or civilian personnel in a disputed area.

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